Student funding changes for 2013-2014

This section tells you about the changes to the funding arrangements from 2013-2014.

Tuition fee support for dual EU (non UK) and UK nationals

Any student starting a course of higher education in session 2013-2014, who is a dual EU (non UK) and UK national, will not be entitled to a tuition fee award from SAAS simply because of their EU (non UK) nationality. In order to qualify for a tuition fee award as an EU (non UK) national, they must have exercised their right of residence elsewhere in the EEA or Switzerland, which includes the member state of which they are a national, before their relevant date.

This change will not affect students who have already started a course of higher education prior to session 2013-2014.

However, if a student changes course in session 2013-2014, for example, they progress from an HND to a degree, we will treat them as starting a new course and apply the new rules detailed above.

Changes to student support for new and continuing students

The changes are part of the Post 16 Reform program. We are introducing them to simplify the student funding system, which in turn delivers the Scottish Government’s commitment to a £7,000 minimum income for students from lower income backgrounds. Please note that these changes will apply to both new and continuing students in 2013-2014. You can find details of the press release here

The following links take you to the relevant section of this page.

Funding packages (bursaries and loans)

We will increase the maximum funding package to £7,250.

This table shows the total support package available for young students and a breakdown of how the package is made up from the bursary and loan, based on household income.

Bursary and loan details
Household income Bursary Loan Total
£0 to £16,999 £1,750 £5,500 £7,250
£17,000 to £23,999 £1,000 £5,500 £6,500
£24,000 to £33,999 £500 £5,500 £6,000
£34,000 and above £0 £4,500 £4,500

This table shows the total support package available for independent students and a breakdown of how the package is made up from the bursary and loan, based on household income.

Bursary and loan details
Household income Bursary Loan Total
£0 to £16,999 £750 £6,500 £7,250
£17,000 to £23,999 £0 £6,500 £6,500
£24,000 to £33,999 £0 £6,000 £6,000
£34,000 and above £0 £4,500 £4,500

Household income

The level of funding available will depend on your total household income. Household income includes your parents, step-parents, husband, wife, civil partner or partners income plus any unearned income you may have.

There are no changes to the types of income we include in any assessment. This means we will continue to ignore any income you have from employment.

Student loans

We will increase the maximum non income-assessed loan from £940 to £4,500. This means you can apply for a student loan of up to £4,500 regardless of your household income.

We will not reduce the student loan if you are in the final year of your course.

The rate of student loan you get will be the same whether you live at home or choose to live away from home.

We will no longer pay any extra loan if your course runs for more than 30 weeks in each academic session.

Bursaries

The amount of Young Students' Bursary (YSB) and Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) available will depend on the level of your household income. We will no longer calculate this on a pound for pound basis. Instead, set levels of bursary will be available depending on the level of your household income.

We will replace the Students’ Outside Scotland Bursary (for Scottish domiciled students studying elsewhere in the UK) with YSB and ISB.

Tuition Fees

We are not expecting any changes to tuition fee arrangements in 2013-2014.

Allied Health Profession (AHP) courses

If you are doing an AHP course, there will no longer be a separate funding package. From 2013-2014, you will move on to the same funding package as all other undergraduate students.

If eligible, you can continue to claim for placement expenses.

If you hold a degree, you will still be eligible to apply for two years of full funding for a second degree in an AHP subject.

Medicine and dentistry students

If you are studying medicine or dentistry for the first time, you will no longer receive a different funding package from your fifth year of study. You will stay on the same funding package, as all other undergraduates, for your entire course. If you are studying medicine or dentistry as a second degree, you can also apply for the standard funding package from your fifth year of study.

If you are studying medicine or dentistry in the rest of the UK then you can apply to have your tuition fees paid from the fifth year of study. In the first four years, you will need to apply for a tuition fee loan.

Previous study

We are introducing a 'plus one' rule. This will allow you to gain one extra year's funding to the minimum time you require to complete your programme of study. You can use the 'plus one' year to cover scenarios that include:

  • Academic repeats
  • Medical repeats
  • Compassionate repeats
  • Approved changes of course
  • Intercalated years
  • Year one of degree for HND holders
  • Year one of HND for HNC holders

In the case of medical/compassionate repeat year requests, we will no longer require supporting evidence to support this, as you can use your 'plus one' year.

If you change course, you can use your 'plus one' year if you have to study for a second time at the same level, or are progressing, and do not already have a qualification.

You can only receive up to 2 years full funding for an HN course. (For example, an HNC and year 2 of an HND or year 1 and 2 of an HND). You can use your 'plus one' year if you need to do both years of an HND after an HNC.

If you hold a HND, and want to do a degree, you can still apply for the full funding package from year 2 onwards.

If you are not eligible for full funding, you are still eligible to apply for student loans and any applicable living-cost grants.

Part-time study

The income eligibility threshold for part-time study will increase from £22,000 to £25,000.

We have extended the range of eligible Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) course credits to between 30 and 119. The current range is between 40 and 90. Check with your college or university about the number of credits you are studying.

The funding available will continue to be a tuition fee grant. However, we will now link the level of grant available to the number of credits you study. This means we can award you support in excess of the current £500 limit.

Postgraduate study

We are not planning on making changes to the funding available for postgraduate students in 2013-2014.

Nursing and Midwifery students

We are not planning on making changes to the funding available for nursing and midwifery students in 2013-2014.

FAQ's

I am currently a student in Higher Education. Will I keep the same funding next year?

No, we will fund you under the new arrangements. However, providing your circumstances do not change, the level of funding you will receive will be the same or higher than the amount you will receive this year.

I am on my second course of higher education and I am receiving loan support only. I have a letter confirming that I will be entitled to tuition fees for part of my second course. Will this now change because of the new arrangements?

No, your eligibility to tuition fee support will remain as explained in your letter.

I will be entitled to the new £4,500 non income-assessed loan. Do I have to take this full amount or can I take out a lesser amount?

You do not have to take out your full loan entitlement. You can choose to take out a lesser amount.

My household income will be over £34,000. Will I still need to send in confirmation of my household income?

No, if your household income is £34,000 or above or you are applying for the non income-assessed level of funding only, you will not need to send us any evidence of your household income.

When can I apply for my funding?

For session 2013-2014, you can apply for this from early April 2013 onwards.